The “Race for the Line” BBC micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition encourages pupils aged 11 to 16 to work together to make a foam rocket car powered by a small solid fuel rocket motor, and pit it against rival teams. Our Year 7s recently took part:
Teams compete at open race days at one of 120 regional Race HUBs (TGS is one of those HUBs this year). Students have to prove just how fast their car is travelling, using the BBC micro:bit to capture data on a car's speed, then upload it to a computer.
Team use that data to tweak and experiment with car design hoping they might have a champion machine in the making!
Participating teams learnt about Newton’s 3rd law of motion, physics, engineering, chassis design, how rockets work, teamwork, time keeping and most crucially, mathematics to calculate the speed attained.
News article written by: Kundanasri, Hope and Venya